Local Government Finances

A fundamental component of decentralisation is fiscal decentralisation. Avantika Foundation is currently pursuing research on Local Government Finances in order to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of fiscal decentralisation in the state of Karnataka. Various sources of funds that accrue to a panchayat – both internally and externally are being analysed as a first step to determine the as-is state of panchayat funds and subsequently understand the associated inefficiencies. Avantika Foundation is pursuing a “lab to field” project in this context wherein the findings of the above mentioned research are being contextualised and articulated in a manner that is well appreciated and understood by elected panchayat representatives and are being used by them to administer and deliver better services to their panchayats.